SONOMA — High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cables are used to connect A/V components like Blu-ray players to televisions. When shopping for an HDMI cable, you’ll notice they come in a varied price range, from fairly cheap to very expensive. However, as with most things, when it comes to HDMI cable quality, you get what you pay for.

At first glance, it may seem that one HDMI cable is as good as the next, but there can actually be significant differences in quality. If you buy a cheap HDMI cable, you’ll get a lower quality image and likely deal with issues like loose connections, which cause images and sounds to intermittently cut out. Considering the amount of money you’ve invested in your television and A/V components, you’ll want to avoid these issues by investing in a quality HDMI cable, which will help you get the best possible performance from your system.